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Mangoes or Bananas?

The Quest for an Authentic Asian Christian Theology

Hwa Yung

Regnum Books International (1997), 273pp, ISBN: 1870345258

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Since World War II, many efforts towards contextual Asian Christian theologies have been made. But how truly contextual are these? Theology and mission are inseparable, and a truly contextual theology is one which empowers the church in mission. This study applies four criteria to representative examples of Protestant Asian theology to assess their adequacy or otherwise as contextual and missiological theologies. These criteria are: relevance to sociopolitical context, enhancing the churches' evangelistic and pastoral ministries, inculturation, and faithfulness to the Christian tradition.

This study reveals certain discernible trends in Asian ecumenical and conservative theologies respectively, as well as their respective strengths and weaknesses. But the greatest problem with most present-day Asian Protestant theologies appears to be that, at heart, they have been dominated by western dualism and Enlightenment thought. Authentic Asian Christian theologies will only emerge when there is a dual recovery of confidence, in culture and in the gospel, within Asian Christianity.

"This book should have been written long ago! The author has lived and struggled with his theme for more than 20 years. That authentic theology must be grounded in mission and pastoral practice is absolutely vital. By a judicious handling of the different views discussed, Hwa Yung has produced a book which will help the Asian church, and others as well, forward in mission, pastoral care and theologising."
H.C. Chew, Principal Trinity Theological College, Singapore

"The contribution of Hwa Yung's excellent work is to suggest that we have as yet hardly seen the beginning of an authentic Christian theology for Asia. He shows with great clarity how both radical and conservative Asian theologians have so far failed to break out of western captivity and points the way to a fresh and powerful recovery of authentic Christianity in a genuinely Asian mode. This book is a hugely welcome contribution to a discussion on method in Asian theology, which is rapidly becoming more and more sophisticated and interesting."
Rowan Williams, Bishop of Monmouth

Dr Hwa Yung is Principal of the Seminari Theoloji Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur.

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